Remote access to computing resources for software access:

If you require specific software for your course that you do not have on your personal computer, ESF Students and Faculty may find the following services useful to remotely access the software required in ESF classes.

Syracuse University Virtual Lab:

Syracuse University's Virtual Lab can be accessed, using your SU NetID username and password, at the following location: https://rds.syr.edu. This system has many of the software titles used in ESF classes such as ArcGIS and Adobe Creative Cloud.

ESF Computing Center Remote Lab Access:

ESF Faculty and Students can temporarily access the Baker Labs Computing Center workstations remotely to gain access to the software and data used in ESF classes.

Connecting:

Windows user Remote Lab Process:

  1. Go to https://esf-academic5.esf.edu/maps and select a computing lab.
    1. When the lab’s list of computers is displayed, find one with a status of “available.”
  2. Note the name of the computer (e.g., B301-39) you want to use and click the link in the “Address” column for that computer to download the connection RDP file.
    1. Select Save File and click OK when prompted.
  3. Navigate to the Downloads folder, right-click the RDP file you just downloaded, and choose Edit.
  4. In the ‘Computer:’ field, replace the IP address listed with the name of the computer you noted above in step 2.
  5. Click Save then click Connect.
  6. Click Connect to accept the publisher/certificate verification warning.
  7. When prompted to “Enter your credentials,” Click “More choices” then “Use a different account” to login using your ESFiD with domain (username@esf.edu).

The desktop will now load. When you are finished using the computer, please restart it. Do not Disconnect or Shutdown.

Mac user Remote Lab Process:

Before you begin: Open the App Store and download/install “Microsoft Remote Desktop 10”

  1. Go to https://esf-academic5.esf.edu/maps and select a computing lab.
    1. When the lab’s list of computers is displayed, find one with a status of “available.”
  2. Note the name of the computer (e.g., B301-39) you want to use and click the link in the “Address” column for that computer to download the connection RDP file.
  3. Open the Microsoft Remote Desktop 10 application.
  4. On the menu bar, click the Connections item and select ‘Import from RDP file…’
    1. Navigate to the Downloads folder and load the RDP file you just downloaded.
  5. Hover the mouse cursor over the newly imported RDP file and select the pencil in the upper right to edit it.
  6. In the ‘PC name:’ field, replace the IP address listed with the name of the computer you noted above in step 2.
  7. Click Save
  8. Double-Click the computer’s configuration just edited to connect.
  9. When prompted, login using your ESFiD with domain (username@esf.edu)
  10. Click Continue to accept the certificate verification warning.

The desktop will now load. When you are finished using the computer, please restart it. Do not Disconnect or Shutdown.